5 years of tragedy APS, survivor's grief still fresh
5 years of tragedy APS, survivor's grief still fresh Five years have passed since the Peshawar Army Public School (APS) tragedy, but survivors' grief is still fresh today.
According to a report, on December 16, 2014, six terrorists of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed 132 students and 17 staff members during a vicious attack on APS.
Parents lit candles in memory of their martyred children outside the APS Memorial Martyrs outside the Peshawar Archives Library.
In the meantime, the eyes of many mothers burst into tears by seeing and remembering pictures of their martyred children.
parents also organized a Quranic recitation in the archives of the library where they were prayed for their reward.
A large banner was distributed at the APS Shahadah Hall based on photographs of martyred students.
Parents held pictures and banners of their martyred children during the rally in this regard, the rally started from the Archives Library, which concluded at the Peshawar Press Club.
On a banner, it was written 'We do not forget the tragedy of the APS'.
Today, Monday will be the main event at the Army Public School Campus, where parents of martyrs will attend, while top officials from the Pak Army and KP government are likely to attend.
Other programs in this regard will be held at the APS Shahada Hall of the Archives Library and Islamia College Peshawar.
Recalling the tragedy of the APS, National Party Chairman Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao paid tribute to the APS victims and said that the nation will always remember this tragedy.
In this statement, he said that the tragedy APS united the nation in the fight against terrorism.
Aftab Sherpao said his party is equal share in the grief of the bereaved family and prayed that Allah grants them the courage and patience to bear the loss.
"The nation is in shock over the cowardly attack in which innocent children were targeted," he added. In addition, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid tribute to the innocent martyr of APS.
In his message, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that "extremism and terrorism are enemies of peace and development, terrorist facilitators and patrons have committed crimes against humanity".
"As a nation, it is our responsibility to say, 'This will not happen again,'" he said.
Bilawal Bhutto said that extremism and terrorism were used as a tool for ill-gotten gains and that the whole nation had to impose certain agendas to keep citizens intimidated by taking hostages.
He said that the PPP has always had a double stand against terrorism and it is the right of all Pakistanis to live their lives free from the dangers posed by their religion or religious freedom.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the PPP had to make many sacrifices to take its stand and its workers including PPP leadership were martyred during this war.
The chairman of the PPP said that APS will continue to scare Pakistan into killing innocent children in Peshawar and will not try to stop them from fighting the forces involved, especially those who helped terrorism. This tragedy will be a black spot in our nation's history.